Updated: April 06, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: April 06, 2020 01:06 PM
NEW YORK (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is extending the statewide "PAUSE" order, along with school closures, through April 29 because, he says, there is evidence that social distancing is working.
New York, which has seen its death toll climb by hundreds with each passing day, saw its number of fatalities and hospitalizations hold relatively flat for a second straight day, Cuomo said during a press conference Monday.
The numbers continue to go up, but the rate of increase has slowed. Fewer than 8,700 new positives were added to the state's total overnight, compared with the 10,000 daily increases the state has seen in recent days.
As of Monday at 12:30 p.m., New York state had 130,689 total cases and 4,758 deaths. There is a map of the cases by county available here.
"If we are plateauing, we are plateauing at a very high level," Cuomo said. "Now is not the time to be lax. Now is not the time to be playing Frisbee in the park. I want to be, frankly, more aggressive on the enforcement because all the anecdotal evidence is that people are violating it at a higher rate than before."
The governor raised the maximum fine for violating social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000, saying, "If it's not about your life, you don't have the right to risk someone else's life."
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